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Black Spider Ant - Leptomyrmex sp.

Subfamily Dolichoderinae

This page contains pictures and information about Black Spider Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 12mm
Spider Ants are fast moving, with long legs, long antenna, elongated head and thin body. When disturbed, they will have their gaster cocked up in the air. 
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This Black Spider Ant is not as common as the Red Spider Ant. We found this Black Spider Ants in semi-rainforest area near Mt Coot-tha March 2008. The ant was wandering on forest floor alone. When we were talking its photos, it came to check our camera bag on the ground. 
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This Black Spider Ants are black to dark brown in colour.
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Spider Ants build their nest in soil or in dead wood, and are often at the base of trees.

1. Genus Leptomyrmex - Australian Ants Online - S.O. Shattuck and N.J. Barnett, CSIRO 2001.
2. Ants - subfamily Dolichoderinae - by Nick Monaghan,
3. Australian Ants: Their Biology and Identification - S Shattuck, Natalie J Barnett, CSIRO, 1999, p74.

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